Weekly Solar PV Installations (ending 2nd September 2012)

by Sara Pernas

One more week, the Department of Energy and Climate Change publishes the weekly photovoltaic installations figures, revealing that the initial1 installation results for the week ending 2nd September 2012 are 813 installations in that week compared to 759 for the week ending 26th August 2012.  The total number of installations on the MCS is now 369,131, and the total capacity installed increased by 2.7 MW, to stand at 1.3GW right now. Read the rest of this entry »

Solar Energy Succeeds… Even in the Toilet!

by Sara Pernas

A solar-powered toilet that generates hydrogen and electricity designed by California Institute of Technology in the United States won the first prize in Reinvent the Toilet, a competition for next-generation toilets to improve sanitation in the developing world, carried out by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Weekly Solar PV Installations (ending 19th August 2012)

by Sara Pernas

One more week, the Department of Energy and Climate Change publishes the weekly photovoltaic installations figures, revealing some discouraging but expected data.

This last week ending 19th of August 2012, the number of solar photovoltaic installations has drop down again, with only 490 installations done in all the UK during these last 7 days1. Read the rest of this entry »

UK Residents Are Not Aware of the Benefits of Solar Energy

by Sara Pernas

An online survey conducted by The Eco Experts revealed some interesting data about the relationship between the Britons and solar energy. There you go some facts!

Rising Energy Prices – Everyone’s problem

The survey reveals even the richest households in the UK are worried about the rising energy prices. Around 2/3rds of the surveyed say a sudden 30% increase in their energy bills couldn’t be afforded, and even among households earning more than £75,000 a year, 1/3rd claim they could not afford the increase. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Solar PV Installations (ending 12th August 2012)

by Sara Pernas

This week ending 12th of August 2012, and due to new cuts in the Feed-in Tariffs, the number of solar photovoltaic installations has drop down up to almost historical minimums since the Feed-in Tariffs scheme started in April 2010. Only 665 installations done in all the UK during these last 7 days, only 17% of the solar pv installations done in the previous week.

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What’s The Future of the Energy?

by Sara Pernas

Around 85% of the energy consumed comes from fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas), and this demand is expected to increase 2% per year. Burning these materials produce large amounts of CO2 that are being to the atmosphere, damaging the environment and leading the way to climate change.

In this video from the University of Cambridge, a group of experts talk about the energy demand and consumption, and examine how wind power, carbon capture storage (CSS) and material efficiency are examples of reducing or capturing CO2 emissions and guarantee a safe and efficient future for the planet.

Via Cambridge Ideas – The future of energy? – University of Cambridge

Weekly Solar PV Installations (ending 5th August 2012)

by Sara Pernas

After a long time looking forward to see the results from the first weekly installations of August 2012, figures seem to be not as bad as expected.  Still awaiting updates1 from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, this week ending 5th August there have been 2,368 up to 50kW solar PV installations in the UK compared to 922 done the first week after the cuts of Feed-in Tariffs in April 2012.

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And the winner is… Sainsbury’s!

by Sara Pernas

Last week, Sainsbury’s announced the completion of a 69,500 solar panels installation on almost 170 of its 572 supermarkets in all the UK. The company says the panels, if combined all together, would cover 24 football pitches, and also claims the tittle of the biggest solar power generator in Europe, as, collectively, the panels would become the biggest solar array in all the continent.

Justin King, chief executive of  Sainsbury’s, urged other retailers to “take another look” at investing in solar energy. “Supermarkets have the equivalent of football fields on their roofs, many of them underutilised,” he added. “It’s a perfect time to turn that space into something positive.

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